A weird thing happened today. After reading Jeff Goins post on writing about topics that we fear to deeply touch readers enough to shatter their frozen seas, I spent most of my morning looking for the perfect frozen sea breaking topic. I’ve got gazillions of topics of what I’d like to write about, but I’m bent on finding this perfect one.
I decided to take a break and go throw some balls for Sandy to fetch.
Our lab, Sandy, is insanely fast. I’m not bragging either. Seriously, why would I brag about something like this? When you throw her a stick, or a ball or a frisbee, she actually leaves “dog divots” when she takes off to fetch it. Yup, divots of grass and dirt right up into your lap.
When Sandy treks over to the neighbors (when we aren’t around and she hears voices over there because she’s such a people dog), our neighbor, Linda, likes to throw things for her and their two labs to race to. Linda confesses that she often has to fake Sandy out first and give the other dogs a head start to give them a chance.
Sandy still wins.
She is unbeatable in dog running.
“We should enter her in races!” my kids say.
She has this gift, this uncanny freakish speed talent. . . and nothing to do with it but chase balls and hunt in the fall.
Here’s the crazy thing. I really don’t think she gives a rip if she’s fast or not. She just loves to run. She doesn’t care if she’s winning contests or competing with any other dog. She is just so dang happy to be running.
And then. . . my message sang to me.
Like writing should be, Shari.
I was the frozen sea today. Stuck in finding perfect writing instead of just writing.
Julia Cameron writes,
“I love when good writing comes out – but mostly, I just love writing.”
And we shouldn’t do it for fame or be “be published” or to get lots of followers or likes. We should do it because it’s like breathing. It’s being true to our essence and it’s who we are.
Like Sandy has to run.
7 thoughts on “She Loves to Run. . . That Sandy”
The perfect story is the one that comes from our souls.
I feel that way, too, Linda. I think today, I was looking for something else and wasn’t listening to my soul. Shouldn’t do that. . .
Mmm I love this one mom! 🙂
Your thoughtful words ring so true for me. Writing truly does help me cope, and it brightens my experiences, whether it’s joy or sadness I’m feeling. And Sandy, what a joy she must be. I have a 1.5-year-old Beagle-English Bulldog mix named Bubble. Whenever I spend any time with him, he teaches me something. I believe, that children teach us to be better adults, and pets teach us to be better people. My dog never wants to carry his toy to the park or beach-he’s repeatedly dropping it. But when I pick it up, then he wants it again. Like me, he tires of mundain activities, but when things change and become an engaging interaction-he’s all about it. Anyway, thanks for your encouraging words from this aspiring writer.
Thank you for your kind response. You are absolutely correct in all you say here. Writing, our dogs, children. . . they all bring so much to our lives. If we just listen and watch, we can be constantly guided by them.
And those children? Yes, they do teach us more than adults. They have no judgements, biases and filters. They tell it like it is. Totally honest. If only we all stayed children, playing with our dogs. What a wonderful world this would be. 🙂
It’s good to see you back in the writing saddle, again. I’ve been missing you!
You are too kind, Shelley! Thank you for taking time to notice I was missing! ;-))